The ultimate Christmas gift guide

It’s that time of year again. The festive season is the time for overeating, warm fires and spending time with the family. It’s also the time to show your friends and loved ones your affection by exchanging gifts.

But what to get? Giving presents is almost as good as receiving them, so getting it right is of utmost importance. It can be tricky, though. There are always a couple of members of your family whom you have absolutely no idea what to buy for. And if you’ve been drawn into an office Secret Santa, you might even have to buy a present for someone you only say an awkward hello to by the coffee machine every now and again.

Never fear, Quidco is here, and we’ve put together this comprehensive gift guide (complete with retailers that offer cashback) on what to get for all the kinds of people in your life. Whether you’re after some pricier luxury items or just something little to fill a stocking, we’ve got you covered for every type of budget. From your life-long partner to your 15-year old niece, read on for suggestions on what prezzies to get, and light up your loved ones’ faces this Crimbo.

Remember that if you buy all your Christmas gifts through Quidco, you can earn cashback on your purchases. Not only can you buy your family some next-level quality presents, but you can earn money back while you’re doing it!

Gift ideas for her

Whether she’s your wife, girlfriend, sister or friend, make the woman in your life smile with these gifts.

Over £50

If you want to get someone special in your life something special — and you’re willing to spend a bit of cash on it — here are some good options.

Liberty London, the capital’s high-end department store is a go-to for upmarket clothes and accessories, and now it’s online, so you don’t have to trek to central London. Here, you can buy anything from designer clothing to luxury Christmas hampers. It’s certainly the place to go for those with a higher budget. However, with Quidco you can earn cashback while you shop.

Debenhams has a similarly sleek and stylish reputation to Liberty London, but is more suited to gift buyers with a slightly smaller budget. The multinational retailer retains the department store format, so there’s an abundant selection of gifts and treats for the lady in your life. At Debenhams you can shop renowned brands such as MANGO and Jasper Conran, or browse the vast selection of designer handbags.

Need a little further inspiration? Follow the links on Quidco to Debenhams’ site, go to the ‘inspirations’ link under the women tab and you can find the latest craze in women’s fashion. There, you can buy the trendiest gifts on the market.


Not all Christmas presents can be neatly wrapped up in paper. Why not treat your favourite female with a holiday in the new year? Check out Expedia, one of the world’s favourite online travel agents for great deals on everything from large family trips to romantic city breaks. Here you can get package holidays, with both flights and hotels combined in one price. Whether you want a classic weekend away to Rome or a journey off the beaten track, Expedia has you sorted.

Just like our other partnered retailers, follow the links the to the Expedia site through Quidco and you could earn cashback on your gifts.

Under £50

With food, parties and decorations, the Christmas period can get expensive, but you can still find nice and thoughtful gifts without blowing the budget. Here are a few retailers we’d recommend.

ASOS has changed the game when it comes to online fashion. With a huge bunch of different brands and a range of prices there’s something for everyone with this retailer. A good start is to head to the ‘Cold-weather newness’ section, where you can find sleek coats and knitwear, perfect for the chilly first months of the new year. — who said warm can’t be trendy? Or, if you’re looking for something with a little more razzmatazz, head to the party section for some colourful garments, designed to impress.

The amount of choice can get a little overwhelming, however. Luckily, ASOS lends a helping hand with those buying decisions. Simply follow the links to ASOS, go to the women tab, and then click on inspiration for the latest shopping tips. You can find fashion insights from experts or shop environmentally sustainable clothes lines for that eco friendly woman in your life.


Britain’s favourite high street chemist, Boots, has always been a safe bet for buying lady gifts. Along with with your usual day-to-day health and grooming necessities you can also find a vast selection of beauty and fragrance products.

A makeup collection or hamper is a wise decision when it comes to Christmas gift buying. When it comes to buying items such as foundation, it might be a good idea to sneak a peek at your recipient’s existing makeup and buy their chosen brand and type — as certain makeups suit certain people’s complexions. Go to Boots through Quidco and you can access the site’s very own ‘for her’ gift guide, to give you a helping hand in your buying decisions.

Get a different kind of gift this year

Christmas presents do not have to be refined to just products. How about booking a nice day or evening out? With Buyagift you can book a memorable experience. These can be perfect for couples looking to spend some time together. They offer many different kinds of experiences, from theatre trips to spa and beauty packages. Still not sure what to get? That’s fine! Buyagift offers a smartbox package, which includes a voucher that can be used on 1000s of experiences, chosen by the recipient.

Stocking fillers

For those little, personal gifts, have a look at Notonthehighstreet. Their tagline is ‘the home of thoughtful gifts’ and they’re right. Each gift has personality and style and are all very different from each other. You can buy anything from handmade jewellery and bespoke knitwear. Go to the site through Quidco and go to the ‘for her’ section for further inspiration.

Gift ideas for him

Stuck for ideas? Here’s our guide to the best present ideas for him.

Over £50

If you’re looking to spend some money on a big-ticket item for the man in your life this Christmas, look no further than The major online electronics retailer offers everything from TVs to laptops to washing machines. It’s the perfect place to go if you’re buying for a gadget lover. You can pick up state of art GoPros and Drones to take those perfect festive pics.

Don’t forget, if you shop AO through Quidco (by following our links onto the site) you can earn cashback while you buy gifts.

If you’re shopping for a snappy dresser, check out Ted Baker. Whether it’s a brand-new suit or a new box of socks, you can be sure that he will be looking sleek and stylish in no time. Ted Baker is the place to go for some smart casual gear, ideal for the modern-day workplace. Find items such as tasteful suede desert boots or stylish cotton shirts. There’s also a ‘for him’ section on the site, so you can find some of the best selling items.


It doesn’t all have to be game consoles and clothes though. Think outside the box and consider a memorable holiday. Wherever you’re thinking of going, it’s more likely that will have somewhere for you to stay. From 5 star accommodation to more humble stays, there are options here for every budget. Choose between longer stays and city breaks. A nice gift idea is to relieve him of the cold January blues by grabbing a last-minute deal for the new year.

Under £50

Whether he’s your husband, boyfriend, brother or friend, make him smile this Christmas with these top gifts from these retailers without breaking the bank.

Topman. The clue’s in the name. This particular retailer is the place to go for all your male clothing needs, and it’s pretty affordable too. Browse a fitting pair of jeans or stock up on printed t-shirts. If you’re not sure what to get, you can visit the Christmas gift section of the site. If you go to this through Quidco’s links you can earn cashback on your purchases.

If you want to be a little bit different this year, consider getting him the gift of charity. With For Good Causes you can buy a gift card topped up with £5-£50 and the recipient can donate the money to a charity of their choice. This way you can give the gift of giving this Christmas and your money can go some way to help a good cause.

If you’re really not sure what to buy him, try Groupon. The online retailer offers thousands of different deals and discount codes. It works by connecting its members to lots of retailers around the world. You can buy anything from products, such as electronics and bikes, to getaways, such as spa days and concerts.

To make life easier, Groupon has a ‘For him’ section. This page is then broken down into subsections, such as ‘Gifts for gadget lovers’ and ‘Gifts for gadget lovers.’ Have a scroll through these until you find something that he would love this Christmas.

Gift ideas for teenagers

With constantly changing tastes and trends, teenagers can be among the hardest people in your life to buy for. Here are some popular retailers, which you can’t really go wrong with.

Over £50

What kind of teenager wouldn’t like a new pair of trainers for Christmas? Some casual footwear is the perfect safe option when it comes to buying for young adults. The sneaker retailer, size? is the place to go to for all your gift buying needs. You can shop by gender, new launches and brands (and they have every single brand you can think of).

From the bright and eye-catching to the more understated, there are trainers here for every taste. There are often more than a few hefty deals going on, too. If you shop for these through Quidco, you could earn back some money.

size? trainers

Video games and consoles are always high up the Christmas agenda for many teenagers. GAME is a one-stop shop for everything to do with gaming. Some of the year’s favourite games come out at the end of the year in time for Christmas, such as FIFA 19 and Red Dead Redemption. You can also shop for bundle packages, where you can buy a PS4 or an Xbox One with one of these games included. This usually turns out cheaper than buying them separately.

Quidco recently went through an exciting development by partnering with massive online retailer, Amazon. Here you can buy basically everything, so it can become a little overwhelming. Nevertheless, Amazon’s own products are popular with teenagers — and they come at reasonable prices too.

If you know a young music lover you could do a lot worse than buying them an Amazon Echo product. These are high-tech voice-activated speakers, which use Amazon’s artificial intelligence system, Alexa. Not only are these great quality speakers, but they also have many other uses. You can surf the web, ask for the weather forecast and set alarms, all just using your voice. The prices for these currently range from £139.99 for the more premium Echo Plus to £24.99 for the Echo Dot.

Under £50

Clothes can be dangerous territory when gift buying for teenagers at Christmas. Trends are constantly changing and what was in fashion last month may be a no-go now. A retailer that’s always at the top of the game when it comes to the latest trends is boohoo. Starting off as a small outlet in Manchester, boohoo has become much loved retailer for young people all over the country — and they’re not too expensive either!

Shop both women and men fashionable wear for every occasion. There’s now also a Christmas section, where you can buy festive garments.

Shopping for a pop culture fanatic? Check out Zavvi. You may remember Zavvi from when they graced our high streets. Now it’s a solely online retailer. Here you can buy Christmas favourites such as games and Blu Rays. You can also get unique collectables that you wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere, such as a Harry Potter-themed chess set.

For a truly unique gift, how about a zbox? This self-proclaimed ‘mystery boxes made for geeks’ is a monthly themed box delivered to your door filled with your recipient’s favourite TV, film or game memorabilia.

Zavvi Christmas page

Gift ideas for mum and dad

Buying a thoughtful Christmas gift can be the perfect way to show your parents your appreciation for the years they spent bringing you up.

Over £30

Treat your parents to a day (or weekend) out with Virgin Experience Days. Here you can find something for every taste and budget, from afternoon tea to comedy nights. Many of these days come as packages, so you can get two experiences on one day for a reasonable price. A particularly popular option is West End theatre tickets combined with a meal for two. And remember — if you follow the links to Virgin Experience Days on Quidco you could earn cashback on your purchases.

If you’re shopping for some house-proud parents, look no further than Wilko. This retailer stocks everything you need to make a house a home, from necessary furniture to cute ornaments. Or, if your folks like to take matters into their own hands, there’s a decorating and DIY section for those who like to do it themselves.

Still not sure? That’s fine. Just head to the Wilko site (using Quidco’s links) and go to the Christmas section, where you can find more Christmas gift ideas.

Marks and Spencer is a popular retailer with mums and dads all over the nation, and you could do a lot worse than buying this year’s Christmas gifts from there. Here you can buy clothes, food, drink and accessories. In terms of clothes, you can shop festive classics such as Christmas jumpers and slippers. Or you can splash out on a nice bottle of something under the drinks section. Either way, follow the links to M&S through Quidco and you could earn cashback while you gift shop.

Marks and Spencer Christmas screenshot

Under £30

Everyone knows that Christmas is the time for eating, but it’s also a great time for drinking. How about getting something special for this year’s Christmas tipple from Master of Malt, an online retailer specialising in Whisky, Rum and Gin. On this site you can shop a range of spirits from all over the world. One particular favourite this year are the Whiskey Christmas baubles. If you really want to splash out you could go for a whiskey, gin or rum advent calendar.

The gift of a book is a thoughtful present that can bring hours of joy and entertainment — and they’re usually pretty affordable. It can be difficult to know what to choose, though. Fortunately, Waterstones is at hand to help you. Browse the site to find the latest best-sellers or look through Waterstones’ very own recommendations. And if those don’t tickle your fancy, you can follow the links on this page to the retailer, go to Christmas Gift Finder, then filter by your recipient’s tastes and interests.

Prior to Christmas, Waterstones usually have some attractive offers, so you can grab some 2-for-1 deals and grab prezzies for both your parents for less.

There you have it — our complete gift buying guide for 2018. No matter who you’re buying for, with these retailers, you can’t really go wrong. And remember, if you buy from these shops through Quidco, you could earn cashback on your purchases. Not only will your friends and family receive some top presents, but you can earn cashback. What a Christmas treat!

Patrick Gilligan

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